Interruptions can be Blessings in Disguise
As I type, I’m sitting in a “borrowed” home eight hours away from my house with The Weather Channel playing in the background. We’ve watched it faithfully, glued to its forecasts and information about hurricane Florence and the flooding that has ensued.
Life has been interrupted.
I didn’t really mind at first, but now we find ourselves stuck, unable to go home yet. So, we wait.
Hank doesn’t mind at all. It’s just another day to my cat. Oh to be a feline. 🙂
I don’t know when I can return, and I’m a little worried about that (I just got a job!), but I do know this: we will go home and until then there are four things I need to do during this interruption.
What to Do with Interruptions
- Use this time to bless other people and receive blessings.
- Get some needed rest.
- Get some extra work done.
- Trust God
So . . . our evacuation from Wilmington sent us to a small town in Georgia where the borrowed home waited for us. We’ve been blessed beyond our imaginations with this place to stay, but God also made this interruption an opportunity to meet some wonderful people who follow this blog and watch my Bite of Bread live teachings.
I had lunch with two of them! (Loved meeting you Linda and Pam!)
Interruptions are Open Windows
Do you find it hard to accept blessings from others? It’s hard! For me, it’s so much more comfortable to give than receive.
But interruptions like hurricanes or other problems, sickness, financial struggle, changing jobs . . . are open windows for others to climb in and help us, or they are open windows for us to climb through to help someone else. I like how Joseph Tenney put it:
Interruption is God’s invitation. God is inviting us to see him all around us, in the lives of others, in our conversations, in our serving those in need. Interruption is not simply a matter of our heart developing patience; it’s about experiencing true life. It is one of God’s ways of waking us up to what’s around us to see there’s more to be done than our self-appointed tasks for the day, as important as they may seem. ~Desiring God, Joseph Tenney
Living on Purpose Trusting God
Interruptions test our patience and can be frustrating, but when we live our lives believing that every person we meet, every place we go, every good thing and hard thing that interrupts our lives is an invitation from God, we will live lives full of purpose. And when we go through these interruptions trusting God’s timing and goodness, peace can flood our hearts. Holy Spirit can lead us during the interruption.
Scripture can help strengthen our trust and evoke the peace we need, so this week’s Bite of Bread is full of verses about God’s goodness, faithfulness, and presence. (Only five verses this week.)
Bible Reading Plan (Get the Printable with extra prompts!)
Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
Lamentations 3:23: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[ his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Psalm 31: 24: Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
John 13:34: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Colossians 3:15: And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
1 Peter 5:6: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Check out the prompts on the printable to deepen your time with God this week.
Peter wrote to the believers as they experienced persecution and life’s interruptions ;
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6).
When our life is interrupted by congested traffic, storms, sickness, even just frustrating things like your computer not working as fast as it should, trusting that God cares helps us handle those situations.
Be aware that he may be steering you to another direction to help someone or receive help. Listening for his direction and trusting he’s working for good can settle the anxious, impatient thoughts and emotions interruptions can evoke.
Speaking of Interruptions . . . Thursday Night Live
Thursday Night Live will be postponed until I get back home where the internet works! LOL! We’ll have a lot to catch up on when I get back and life is back to normal in North Carolina. Thank you for your prayers and kindness. Please continue to pray for all who are dealing with flooding and keep those who have lost loved ones in this storm close to your hearts.